This past week we have been discussing place value and base 10 blocks. It is a fun topic to hit on because students are so excited to really jump-in. Students finally feel like they can do “big kid problems!” I overhear my first graders saying things like “I know what 50+3 equals..do you??” and “Who can add 30+20?!?” Understanding both of these questions tells me that students are really gaining a deeper understanding of number sense which is very gratifying for me because all year we have been working towards this goal.
Students have been using hands-on manipulatives to help them better understand place value. Sometimes my higher students want to rush through problems and choose to stay away from manipulatives but my lower students really need the hands-on play. When working with my guided math groups students were asking if they could “break” apart the tens into ones and I also found students counting each one of the blocks in their “ten” only to realize every time that it was 10…so they could actually just count by 10s as opposed to counting each cube in the “ten” each time. These are very important experiences for younger students.
|We follow Pearson EnVision for our math curriculum.|
The SmartBoard is almost always a math center choice for students. Each week I create a Smart Notebook File with several games that go along with the topics we are discussing.
|Students choose from a variety of games that reinforce the skills we are working on in guided math.|
Here are some of the place value games students are playing this week. Click on the pictures below to go to the different place value links!
Another center my first graders are doing this week are task cards. They love walking around and being detectives so I couldn’t help but to create some Base 10 Task Cards! The cards were posted all around the room and students went on a hunt answering the different questions using their recording sheets. Students get so excited to be detectives and search for all of the numbers and cards around the room!
|Task cards are put up all around the room.|
|Students walk around to find each of the task cards.|
|Students count the number of tens and ones.|
|Students record their answers on their recording sheet by each of the numbers.|
My first graders loved these Base 10 Block Task Cards! They are a great fit in my room because they are fun for the kids and the recording sheets help me to better gauge student understanding of the counting base 10 blocks. You can grab these task cards by clicking here.
For more centers and activities, aligned to the common core, that work with base 10 blocks click here or the picture below!